Friday, June 19, 2009

The Fallen Princess Project

As children, most little girls are showered with stories of a handsome prince that will one day save her from the depths of despair and wisk her away to a life filled with fabulous clothes, mammoth castles, and a house full of workers to cater to her every whim. It's not until girls get a little older do they realize that there's no such thing as Prince Charming, no magical castle, and no one to happily help with the daily chores. Photographer Dina Goldstein captures the downfall of the American fairytale in her new collection called the Fallen Princesses project. In the series, Rapunzel is undergoing chemo, Snow White is overwhelmed by a lazy husband and rowdy children, Belle is getting botoxed and Jasmine is on the battle grounds fighting a war (my favorite). Personally I think this is a brilliant concept. There is nothing wrong with playing pretend, but there's also nothing wrong with letting children know that sometimes there is no happily ever after. Says Goldstein, "As a new mother I have been able to get a close up look at the phenomenon of young girls fascinated with Princesses and their desire to dress up like them. The Disney versions almost always have sad beginning, with an overbearing female villain, and the end is predictably a happy one. The Prince usually saves the day and makes the victimized young beauty into a Princess. As a young girl, growing up abroad, I was not exposed to Fairy tales. These new discoveries lead to my fascination with the origins of Fairy tales. I explored the original brothers Grimm's stories and found that they have very dark and sometimes gruesome aspects, many of which were changed by Disney. I began to imagine Disney's perfect Princesses juxtaposed with real issues that were affecting women around me, such as illness, addiction and self-image issues."
There are 2 more pics that have yet to be shot before the series goes to exhibit on October 15th, but by the looks of things, I'd bet that whatever the scenario, it's guaranteed to be controversial.


Anonymous said...

Very interesting concept...the Rapunzel one particularly gets to me. It's quietly powerful...I'd never think to associate a fairy tale - particularly one that got Disney-fied - with being 'powerful,' but it is.

Anonymous said...

What's the idea behind Cinderella in the country-western bar?

And as for Jasmine . . . wearing ammunition bandolier-style is striking but useless when you're carrying a magazine-fed rifle, in this case, an M16

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